Humboldt Brown (Ale Brewed With Hemp) | Humboldt Brewing Co.

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Humboldt Brown (Ale Brewed With Hemp)Humboldt Brown (Ale Brewed With Hemp)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Humboldt Brewing Co.
California, United States
humboldtbrewingco.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Hemp Ale".

Added by boatshoes on 04-04-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
613
Reviews:
229
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.08%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
83
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A latticework of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, slight cocoa and coffee aromas, and a nutty quality. Taste is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, cocoa powder, and slight coffee beans. A nice roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice roasty and earthy flavors. I tried this a while ago in the bottle and didn't care for it too much, but on tap this is most excellent.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly heady clear brown color that smells like a light chocolate malt and some agricultural produce. earthy and mild, tastes like a basic brown ale with a bit of organic matter. not composty per se, but not hempy either. mouthfeel is thin and only moderately carbonated. not as good as some of their other brews, this one didnt amaze me

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as an average looking brown color, good clarity and a white fizzy head. The retention was minimal as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer some sweet malt with a touch of coffee and an herbal note. The taste of the beer is lightly roasted, it's got a subtle chocolate flavor as well as a bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was light, decent carbonation with a soft creamy finish to it. Overall it's not a bad brown ale. It's not the best but it's still worth trying.

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high tan head that slowly died down, leaving a large collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of brown, nutty and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of bitterness and herbs towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth and thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but there’s nothing overly special about the taste.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystalline dark copper, more of a sun tea color, with a thin layer of off-white foam across the top. Wispy skim doesn't have much staying power, but there is some that fades to a ring at the edges.

Wet barley and maple syrup aroma.

Dry and husky grain, toasty and mellow. Pretty easy going with moderate carbonation and a lighter body. Residual dry roast malt, pretty smooth and not bitter. Lingering toasted malts in the aftertaste, dry but fairly pleasant. Whatever hemp seed is in here, it doesn't lend much, some woody/earthy flavors perhaps, but it would be hard to pick out and isolate from the dominant malt flavors. Overall not too bad, a fairly simple but decent brown ale. Simplicity is underrated.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, reddish brown color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of hemp, malt and grasses.

T - It tasted toasty with sweet caramel and malt. Nice bitter bite and a touch of hemp-like flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice brown ale. Easy drinking and tasty.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium to big light brown head settles into a decent lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Light roasted malts, nuts of some kind, and not much else in the aroma.

This brown isn't bad, it has a slight nutty taste that comes through with the light roasted malts and the taste of the hemp. I don't recall ever drinking a hemp beer before, so not really sure what I can compare the taste to.

An almost dryish aftertaste with some of the nutty and hemp taste sticking around with this medium bodied drink.

This ale brewed with hemp isn't to bad, sort of tastes like a slightly washed out Newcastle or something along those lines. I don't know what the purpose of adding hemp but what the heck give it a try.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark but perfectly clear brownish-amber in the glass with a finger of off-white head that dies down to a ring somewhat quickly. The aroma is caramel malt and toast, breakfast cereal, mineral water, and a touch of citrusy hops. Taste is heavy on the crystal malt, toasted grain, caramel. Sweetness is fairly well balanced by a mild bitterness and leafy hop note. There's an interesting herbal, nutty character that I'm guessing comes from the hemp, but I could be mistaken about that as I'm not a dirty hemp-eating hippie. Finishes sweet and nutty, biscuit and caramel flavors lingering on the tongue for a while. Pretty decent beer, to my surprise.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/16/2013. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and light hop/hemp notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark malt flavors with light hop/hemp presence; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice brown ale. Good balance and robustness of dark malt flavors and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 26 July 2012 served in a snifter. "Brewed and bottled by Nectar Ales" on the label.

Pours clear, deep mahogany in color, with a large and durable tan head and excellent lacing (1st sample had a fragile and small head).

Aroma; a mix of with caramel and toffee malts, with a hint of alcohol infused dark fruits and an off aroma that may indicate I left this in my refrigerator for too long.

Flavor: hmm, a buttery (diacetyl?) component that is not entirely bad. Medium and dark roasted malt base. I believe I can taste the hemp seeds too; at least there’s an unusual nutty-herbal note. Slightly sweet until the balanced finish. Mild malty-toffee aftertaste.

Feel: Very smooth, with excellent, soft medium carbonation.

O: 2012 bottle probably past prime; revisited with fresh bottle in Nov. 2014 -- rating upgraded

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a light tan head and a light touch of lacing. The nose is a bit of light brown malt with some brown sugar, caramel, and a touch of citrus hops. The taste is mostly malt that is slightly bready with a bit of sweetness. Pretty good feel. Not a bad brew, but nothing special.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wonder how many people like me waited until 4/20 to drink this.

A decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that leaves a bit of lacing, over semi clear mahogany brown with slight rosy hue colored beer.

Nose has some light ale aromas, light crystal malts, a light toasty malt, and very slight dark roasty malt, hints of bittering hops.

Taste starts with a bit of brown sugar, some medium malts, plenty of crystal malts, a bit of a reddish malt, some raisin like flavors, toasty malts, a weird additional bitter flavor that I can only attribute to the hemp, a slight darker roasty like malt, touch of a mineral earthy flavor also maybe due to hemp or malts, as well as a light earthy hop, chewy malts. Finishes a bit drier with some mineral flavors, sticky-ish, a bit of a spice and nutty flavor, weird bitter flavors again, and lingering brown sugar.

Mouth is medium to slightly lighter bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, nothing special, some weird bitter and mineral flavors I think from the hemp, could have been a bit maltier, decent, bit of briny minerality.

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Humboldt Brown (Ale Brewed With Hemp) from Humboldt Brewing Co.
3.48 out of 5 based on 613 ratings.
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